Brivia to build Montreal’s tallest condo tower, 1 Phillips Square

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Brivia Group plans to build Montreal’s tallest residential tower, the $400-million, 61-storey 1 Phillips Square, as part of a phased billion-dollar development in the city’s downtown.

As part of the Montreal of the Future exhibit which begins today and runs until June 2, Brivia released the first architectural drawings of the project. The first tower will comprise more than 500 residential units, with an upscale hotel to be added to the project at a later date.

This is Brivia Group’s fifth major project in Montreal, including the YUL Condominium and QuinzeCent.

1 Phillips Square will be built between Place Phillips and Saint Alexandre Streets, in the block bordered by Sainte Catherine Street and René Lévesque Boulevard. The site is currently a parking lot.

“Downtown Montreal is being transformed, with a focus on residential real estate development, and Brivia Group is pleased to be a part of this process,” said Kheng Ly, founder, president and CEO of Brivia Group, in a release announcing the project.

“More than ever, Montrealers are keen to live in this district. We are targeting local, business and foreign buyers. We believe we can offer them a product that meets their expectations and specific needs.

“It’s a unique project, and we’ll go all out to ensure it is our best achievement so far.”

The three-phase project is part of efforts to revitalize this sector of downtown Montreal by welcoming 789 new residents when it’s complete. It’s designed to augment nearby business and redevelopment efforts on Sainte Catherine Street.

The site is also a crossroads between the business district, Montreal’s shopping district, McGill University and Place des Festivals.

Brivia purchased the property in the spring of 2018 from Canderel Group. Several years ago, a mixed-use office and retail tower was proposed for the site, but that project never got off the ground.

When it was purchased by Brivia, broker JLL touted 1201-1215 Phillips Square as an “exceptional development opportunity” due to its location and the fact it was already zoned for 925,000 square feet, or more, of density.